Southwest Venture Forum

The SMU Cox Southwest Venture Forum (@smucoxswvf) is a public bi-monthly breakfast meeting where the Dallas venture community comes together to network and gain insights into different venture financing topics that are timely and relevant to the management of their portfolio of investments and fund strategy and operations. In 1990, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship assumed responsibility for operating the Southwest Venture Forum, founded by a local venture capital firm in 1984.

Entrepreneurs are also selected to present their business plans at each meeting to attendees. If you are interested in presenting, you must submit to the selection committee as follows:

A two to three-page business plan or executive summary that describes:

  • The opportunity and business concept.

  • The existing or proposed products and, or services.

  • The industry and target markets in which they will operate.

  • Accomplishments of key management personnel.

  • Summarized financial projections of sales, profits, and cash flows.

  • What they are seeking in terms of financing to build their company.

Please submit at least five weeks before the following forum to

Following the presentations by selected entrepreneurs, prominent investors or expert panels discuss current venture financing topics. Attendees in the forum consist of venture investors, entrepreneurs, bankers, attorneys, accountants, and consultants working with early- and intermediate-stage growth-oriented entrepreneurs and their firms.

The Southwest Venture Forum cordially invites you to:

Topic: Investing in AI Technologies


  • David Evans, Technologist and Serial Entrepreneur; Adjunct Professor, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas
  • Rick Seaney, Chairman/Chief Innovation Officer at 3Victors; Adjunct Professor, Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science


  • Bill Rolley, Managing Director & Middle Market Team Lead at Texas Capital Bank

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • 7:00 AM Check-in/Coffee/Networking

  • 7:30 AM Plated breakfast

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Program

Location: Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Ln. Dallas, TX 75225

Registration will close Monday, May 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM.



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